Bringing Dali to Dallas

The newest little exhibit at the Meadows Museum.

Posted on Oct 1, 2018 By David C Justin

The Meadows Museum is putting the belief that everything is bigger in Texas to a tiny test. Open now through Dec. 9, Dalí: Poetics of the Small, 1929-1936, is the first exhibit to showcase the small-scale paintings of Surrealist artist Salvador Dalí.

Inspired by their acquisition of Dalí's The Fish Man (L'homme poisson, 1930) in 2014, the museum spent years planning the exhibit featuring the smallest of the Spanish artist's works. With 21 paintings on loan from public and private collections all over the United States and as far away as Spain and Australia, none of the pieces are larger than 13 inches. The smallest piece, Dreams on a Beach (1934), is a mere 2 x 3 inches, proving that bigger doesn't always mean better.

But don't worry if the paintings are too small for you to catch every tiny detail. A display at the end of the exhibits allows you to zoom in and admire digital images of each painting on a high-definition big screen, giving you the opportunity to get up close and personal with the miniscule masterpieces.

Mostly known for his Surrealist masterpiece, The Persistence of Memory (1931), Dalí produced more than 200 beautiful, small-scale paintings between 1929 and 1936. Included in the exhibit, you'll find at least one work from each year of this highly productive period, including The Accommodations of Desire (1929), Phantom Cart (1933) and The Weaning of Furniture-Nutrition (1934).

In addition to Poetics of the Small, the museum is currently showcasing another exhibit dedicated to Dalí. Aliyah: A Moment in Jewish History features a rare set of lithographs produced from the original set of paintings titled Aliyah (1968). Commissioned to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel, the set represents major moments in Jewish history. On display through January 13, Aliyah stands as a contrasting complement to the small-scale pieces featured in Poetics.


Header photo courtesy of the Meadows Museum. 

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